HMS Ulysses has ratings and reviews. Christopher said: I must have been about 14 when I first read this book and I can remember being blown awa. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in . H.M.S. Ulysses [Alistair MacLean] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater.

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The author describes the H. Its a classic which needs to be revered both as an axiom of soldierly conduct and leadership qualities.

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HMS Baliola Type 1 Hunt-class destroyer described as “diminutive” and completely un-seaworthy for the harsh weather of the North Atlantic. The book sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in England in the first six months of publication. Return to Book Page. My uncle was on a ship sunk on an Atlantic convoy and although he was picked up, more dead than alive, he never recovered from the experience.

She plunged down and kept on going down, driving down to the black floor of the Arctic, driven down by the madly spinning screws.

I stand by my title for this review. Spielberg would make a movie on HMS Ulysses some day. It was just the sort of adventure book I love, full of hard luck and hmx pulling through anyway. Ullysses the problem is that by the time things get interesting, the characters have been mentioned a couple of times and you still have no idea who they are.

On a Field Barry wavy of ten White and Blue, a ram’s head affronte. The still thundering engines her own executioners. The cruelty of an arctic winter, death and privation, destruction, unrelenting bad weather, blizzards, the worst storm of the war, the roughest seas imaginable, ocean warfare, U-boats, air attacks, constant tension, no relief, one mission after another without letup, numbing intense cold, being stretched past their limits, physical exhaustion, weakness, hunger, snow, ice, hurricane force winds, 24 hr nights, miserable dawns, ice everywhere, chaos, unimaginable fatigue, and all without end.

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Ulysses is in the same class as The Cruel Sea. I have read quite a hmss books that are loosely based on ww2 but this is the first that caught my full attention. Well, it took me two months to get through this ulyysses One of the most vivid and emotionally impacting war stories I’ve ever read. Comparisons may be also be drawn with Wolfgang Ott ‘s novel Sharks and Little Fishwritten from the viewpoint of a sailor who serves on surface ships and submarines of the World War II German navy, the Kriegsmarine.

For a second, the lightened fo’c’sle reared high into the air” then it plunged down, deep down, into the shoulder of a rolling sea. For a person like me who has not known War from a personal level, this book was a stunner with some terrific and yet horrific descriptions of Struggle,Heroism,and Courage that stood out over the individual characters like Vallery and Turner and the Kapok Kid and Nicholls yms spread out over the entire crew in a unified battle for survival You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.

Astounding how much this book reminded me of Douglas Reeman–one of the latter’s weaker efforts.

HMS Ulysses

Dec 22, A. Indications of shortages of fuel from British tankers became evident.

Calling this a harrowing tale of war time heroism would be a huge under statement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The reader follows along as the crew faces: The Defender in particular is rendered inoperable due to freak accident which results in the aircraft flight deck being partially torn off during a heavy storm. It pulls no punches as far as how much Hell War really is.

At some point, MacLean should just take a lesson from Star Trek. Nov 14, heidi rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, I can hardly name 5 of them out of pages.


Notify me of new comments via email. After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster.

On 18 October she re-commissioned and formed part of the 6th Frigate Squadronas part Mediterranean and Home Fleet. She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigatewith the new pennant number F The crew is beaten, tired and the Captain is dying.

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The same background of the World War II Murmansk convoyswith the combination of extreme belligerent action and inhospitable nature pushing protagonists to the edge of endurance and beyond, appears in Dutch novelist Jan de Hartog ‘s The Captain In the Dark A blog about the Universe, and all ulysdes surrounds it. Most critics comment most favourably on the justly famous scene in which hns very ill Captain Vallery nevertheless insists on touring his very ill ship. Refresh and try again.

I had never read any Alistair MacLean even though many of his titles were familiar from films. It’s almost 60 years old but still feels fresh. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This site uses cookies. Wikipedia From the first words the tone is one of immense weariness as Admiral Starr confronts the captain and senior officers of HMS Ulysses to demand an explanation for the full scale mutiny which broke out in Scapa Flow harbour.

So could you have done as well? I have given it 5 rating bcoz GR rating is restricted to this, otherwise this novel deserves a complete

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